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FY19 Facilities and Buildings (FAB) Leased Cultural Facilities Projects Grant

Grants to Washington, DC Arts and Humanities
Nonprofits for Capital Projects in Leased Facilities

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District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH)

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07/27/18 4:00 PM ET


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Grants to Washington, DC nonprofit arts and humanities organizations for capital projects related to leased facilities. Applicants must attend a workshop prior to applying; sessions are available throughout May, June and July. Applications are accepted from qualifying organizations with one to seven years remaining on the lease of a facility designed for the management, production, or presentation of performances, exhibitions or professional training in the arts or humanities.

The Facilities and Buildings grant provides capital support to help ensure high quality physical places for the arts and humanities organizations that make up the cultural fabric of the District by:

-Promoting sound structures, systems and infrastructures to protect constituents and collections, while offering high quality venues for arts and humanities programs;
-Mitigating the risk of displacement for small-to-medium-sized organizations; and,
-Fostering cultural democracy and promoting access for all residents.

By making its FAB Leased Cultural Facilities Grant awards, CAH endeavors to:
-Foster cultural democracy and promoting access for all residents;
-Provide critical funding to ensure District organizations have the necessary tools and equipment to produce world-class arts and humanities programming; and,
-Assist organizations with leveraging outside funds by demonstrating CAH project support.

Examples of allowable costs for the FAB Leased Cultural Facilities Projects Grant
-Professional facilities services, such as: architects; contractors; engineers; and permits, licenses and fees.
-Equipment that is non-consumable, portable, depreciable and not made-to-order, such as: sound and lighting consoles and equipment; large appliances; choral, orchestral, or audience seating risers; servers and other durable technology hardware; modular exhibition walls; and custom-built software, such as patron management and ticketing systems.
-Additionally, in order to increase physical access, organizations may request: up to $50,000 for capital improvements required to bring the facility into compliance with the ADA; assistive listening devices; and website updates to bring organizations into compliance with Section 508.

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access:

CAH believes that all District residents should be able to access arts and humanities experiences for their benefit. To facilitate this vision, CAH has adopted a cultural equity policy known as I.D.E.A. (inclusion, diversity, equity, access). By incorporating I.D.E.A. across grants programs, CAH seeks to help grantees develop programs that are inclusive of diverse populations and provide equitable accessibility to those populations.

The Facilities and Buildings Grant is only available for facilities that are already compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) (42 U.S.C. §§ 12101 et seq.), or for projects designed to bring the facility into compliance. If an applicant needs assistance assessing their facility, they may contact the DC Office of Disability Rights.

In addition to detailed plans for its compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (42 U.S.C. §§ 12101 et seq.), each applicant must demonstrate how the project will be inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible throughout the District of Columbia, beyond participants with disabilities. Successful applications will consider a broad definition of “accessibility” by addressing financial, geographic, demographic, cultural and developmental access.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183594

Estimated Size of Grant:

Organizations may request up to 50% of their project budget.

Term of Contract:

Grants funds are applicable only to CAH’s Fiscal Year 2019, which occurs from October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

FAB Specific:
-Attend a CAH Facilities and Buildings workshop—either in person or online;
-Be applying for a project at a facility designed for the management, production, or presentation of performances, exhibitions or professional training in the arts or humanities, of which the applicant has exclusive control through a lease with one to seven years remaining; and
-Be applying for a facility that is either already ADA compliant, or applying for a project that will help bring it into compliance.

CAH Specific:
-Be incorporated as a nonprofit with a federally designated tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) code, as evidenced by an IRS determination letter that is dated at least one year prior to the application deadline date;
-Demonstrate that one hundred percent (100%) of the project deliverables occur within the District of Columbia;
-Register and comply with the regulatory requirements of the following agencies: 1) District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) - Corporations Division (indicating an “active” business license status at the time of application, and agreeing to maintain such status throughout the grant period); 2) District of Columbia Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR); 3) District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES); and 4) United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS);
-Obtain certification of “Citywide Clean Hands” (CCH) from the District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue (see page 11);
-Be in good standing with CAH. (Note that applicants with incomplete or delinquent reports from any prior funding program, as of October 15, 2018, are ineligible to receive additional funds from CAH in FY 2019); and,
-Have a principal business office address that is located in the District of Columbia, subject to on-site visit. (Note: CAH will not allow post office boxes or the addresses of a board member or volunteer as evidence of the principal business address).

Applicant Restrictions (non-eligibility):
-Organizations that require “fiscal agents”;
-For-profit (commercial) entities;
-Tax-Exempt organizations other than 501(c)(3) designated entities;
-Private foundations;
-Civic organizations;
-Political organizations;
-Foreign governments;
-Colleges or universities; and
-District of Columbia Government or Federal Government agencies, including DC Public Schools; and
-Organizations submitting an application whose content is combined with the application of another organization. Proposed projects must be “stand-alone” projects.

FY 2019 Facilities and Buildings grantees may not apply to the FY 2019 Budget Enhancement Grant, unless otherwise specified in the Budget Enhancement Grant RFA.

Examples of “Unallowable Costs” Related to the FAB Leased Cultural Facilities Projects Grant:
-Capital improvements;
-Fixed equipment;
-Continuation of projects previously funded through a previous Facilities and Buildings grant;
-Overhead, maintenance and administration exceeding thirty-five percent (35%) of the grant and cash-match;
-Food and beverages;
-Operational reserves;
-Tuition and scholarships;
-Debt reduction, including balloon payments on mortgages;
-Re-granting (also known as “sub-granting”);
-Costs related to fundraisers and special events;
-Expenses unrelated to the execution of the project; and,
-Funding to universities, foreign governments or DC government agencies, including DCPS.

The FAB grant program manager reviews and approves all expenses before the grant agreement is
processed for payment. Grantees with questions regarding allowable costs may contact CAH’s grant
program manager. The grantee will be responsible for demonstrating the cash match expenses in the
interim and final reports. District funds may not be used toward the cash match.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants must attend a workshop in order to be eligible to apply.

CAH staff members are available to assist grant applicants through group or individual technical assistance. CAH staff members will not write applications for applicants. However, CAH staff members are available by appointment (up to thirty (30) minutes) to review application drafts on government business days from application release date through one (1) week prior to the grant application deadline. Applicants may contact CAH at (202) 724-5613 to schedule an application review meeting.

CAH conducts free workshops for participants to learn useful information about the agency’s funding opportunities and how to submit a grant application. Attendance at one FAB workshop, either in- person or online, is mandatory. Workshop dates, times and locations listed below are subject to change. All workshops are free and open to the public; however, participants are strongly encouraged to register to attend the workshop. Valid photographic identification is required to enter DC government offices.

Workshops calendar may be found at:

Data Arts:
The DataArts Funder Report is required for Facilities and Buildings applications.

First-time applicants are encouraged to learn the basics of DataArts by participating in the webinar for an orientation to the DataArts platform, if the grant program they are applying to has a DataArts reporting requirement. The orientation will walk applicants through the process of completing their profile, applying to participating grantmakers and generating Funder Reports. This orientation is recommended for organizations that are new to entering data into the DataArts system, or as a refresher on using the website. If you have any questions about entering your data, please contact the DataArts Support Center. The Support Center is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 8:00 pm ET, and can be reached at 877-707-3282 or

To learn more about DataArts, visit this link to view additional videos and previously recorded training webinars:

Pre-Application Information:

The FAB grant has a 1:1 cash-match requirement designed to assist an organization’s fundraising by leveraging funding from additional private fund sources. In-kind contributions, CAH or other District Government funds may not be used to satisfy the match requirement of this grant by grantees.

All applications must be submitted online by 4:00 PM ET, Friday, July 27, 2018

CAH will notify applicants of this grant program as to the results of their application by Monday, October 1, 2018.

Key Dates:
-Release Date: Monday, April 30, 2018
-Application Deadline: Friday, July 27, 2018 at 4:00 pm ET
-Grant Period: October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Benjamen Douglas

Government of the District of Columbia
Commission on the Arts and Humanities
200 I (Eye) Street, SE, Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20003

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